Daddy’s Beef and Guinness Pie

Happy Fathers day eve to all you truly amazing dads out there. We have one very special dad living in our house and my girls totally adore their daddy.

He works very hard to give us a lovely life. He even let me give up work (“Unemployed” Blogging! New chapter! My heartfelt blog to the end of an era…) so that I could focus on bringing up our girls!

We love to treat him on daddy’s day and he usually gets showered with tons of chocolate… this year has been no different, we couldn’t not treat him to a little bar could we…ok its a huge bar but I’m quite sure he will have help eating it.


We also decided that we would make him a delicious dinner. We had our daddy’s day dinner on Friday because we will not be home to make it on Sunday.

He loves a good pie so we picked this mash topped Beef and Guinness pie from Jamie Oliver. We adapted it ever so slightly and  adapted some of the quantities because I don’t know about you but do you ever make something and think did they actually weigh that before hand!!! Follow our tried and tested recipe below to show all those dads what they mean to you. It was really yummy and well worth the wait for it after Chris getting in from work so late.

We also had the chance to use our (Grow your own…) home grown herbs.


Serves 4

Ready in 3hrs plus prep time



  • 2 onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • Mushrooms
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh thyme
  • Olive oil
  • 500g lean diced steak
  • 3 tablespoons of flour (we used wholewheat flour)
  • 500mls Guinness

For the mash topping

  • 600g potatoes
  • 75mls milk
  • dollop of butter
  • Drizzle of olive oil


  • Tie the bay leaves and thyme together with string.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan and add your chopped veg and herbs. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes or until softened and transfer to a plate.
  • Add the beef to the pain and toss in the flour and seasoning.
  • Cook until browned.
  • Deglaze the pan with a splash of guinness.
  • Add the veg and herbs back into the pan and the remainder of the guinness.
  • Top with water if needed so that the meat and veg are just covered.
  • Bring to the boil and cover and simmer for 2hrs or until the meat is tender. I removed the lid for the last hour to reduce the liquid.
  • Towards the end of the cooking time for the filling cook the potatoes in a large pan of boiling water for 30 minutes.
  • Drain the water and add the milk and butter and mash the potatoes. Season the mash.
  • Pre heat the oven to 200ºc
  • Add the pie filling to a pie dish and top with your mash.
  • Drizzle the mash with a little olive oil.
  • Cook until golden brown in the oven for 20-30 minutes.

Serve with your choice of steamed vegetables and treat your dad to a beer with his dinner.


Happy Fathers day to my own dad and of course Chris’ dad who equally do an amazing job at being our dads! I mean lets face it they have managed to bring up 2 cracking kids…


Love Jaimee x


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